INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Princeton’s Jackie Young and New Albany’s Romeo Langford added something special — and many times even remarkable — to Indiana high school basketball this season.
Both put on a show this season and both were the top vote-getters for the Associated Press Indiana All-State boys and girls basketball teams.
Langford, who averaged 30.2 points and 9.2 rebounds a game this season, completely rewrote New Albany’s record book and led the team to a Class 4A state title last month.
Young’s season came to an unexpected and sudden halt when her Princeton Tigers were upset by Southridge in the sectional round of the postseason tournament.
The AP’s All-State teams were chosen by a combination of media members and observations by the Associated Press.
Young, who was named to the first team as a junior, cemented her legacy at the prep level and without a doubt left her mark on Indiana high school basketball.
She scored 28 points at Wood Memorial on Jan. 14 to surpass Shanna Zolman as the all-time leading scorer in girls basketball.
Young broke the record on a free throw with 3:30 left in the game before taking in a standing ovation.
“That’s definitely a moment I’ll never forget,” Young said. “It brought tears to my eyes that all of those people there were proud to see me do something like that.”
She broke the Indiana all-time high school scoring record after scoring 39 points against Like Central on Jan. 22 to surpass Damon Bailey.
“In 35 years of being a varsity girls basketball coach, she is by far the best girls basketball player that I have seen in the state of Indiana,” Princeton coach Charles Mair said. “She did things that just totally amazed me that you just don’t see. I had the best seat in the house.”
That statement is difficult for Young to comprehend.
“It’s crazy to think about that,” she said. “I mean, I’m just out there playing the game and doing the stuff that we worked on in practice.”
The news of the all-state honor came as Young arrived in New York to prepare for the Jordan Brand Classic Girls All-American Game at 3:30 p.m. Friday at New York’s Barclay Center
Langford shot from high honorable mention as a freshman last year to the first team as a sophomore this year. His style is smooth and his demeanor is what New Albany head coach Jim Shannon calls “cool as a cucumber.”
Other members on the first team are Southport’s Joey Brunk, Lawrence Central’s Kyle Guy, Southport’s Paul Scruggs, and Indianapolis Tech’s CJ Walker.
There’s three seniors on the second team — Dru Smith of Evansville Reitz, Tremell Murphy of Griffith and Damien Jefferson of East Chicago Central. Junior Kris Wilkes of Indianapolis North Central, and sophomore Robert Phinisee of McCutcheon were also named to the second team.
The third team is made up of Seton Catholic’s Desmond Bane, Marion’s Reggie Jones, Indianapolis Park Tudor’s Jaren Jackson, Jr., Indianapolis Cathedral’s Eron Gordon and Bloomington South’s Tucker Blackwell.
On the girls side, Kristin Spolyar of Lebanon, Lindsey Corsaro of Indianapolis Roncalli, Tyasha Harris of Indianapolis Heritage Christian and Camryn Buhr of Penn round out the first team. Ae-Rianna Harris (Indianapolis Lawrence North), Cameron Onken (Lafayette Central Catholic), Jayla Scaife (Muncie Central), Maliah Howard-Bass (Columbus North), and Holly Hoopingarner (Greenwood) make up the second team.
Karissa McLaughlin (Homestead), Sydney Shelton (Mt. Vernon-Hancock), Katelyn O’Reilly (Noblesville), Dana Evans (Gary West), and Lauren Dickerson (Indianapolis Lawrence North) were named to the third team.